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Celebrate Slowdive with this new covers compilation, featuring Bryant Eugene Vazquez and more

Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist
Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist

With the promise of new music imminent, interest in shoegaze heroes Slowdive has increased exponentially in recent months. They began performing live again a few years ago, and this past January, they shared their first new song in 22 years. Now, Brazil-based The Blog That Celebrates Itself is taking time out of its busy schedule of self-love to celebrate Slowdive’s music with a new covers compilation. They’re calling it Just For A Life. Continue reading →

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Bryant Eugene Vazquez gives a sentimental performance of “The Barber’s Son” for Out of Town Films

Bryant Eugene Vazquez | still from video
Bryant Eugene Vazquez | still from video

Last month, Bryant Eugene Vazquez released Grey Expectations, a moody exploration 80s shoegaze. But with his new Out of Town Films session, he’s taking a step back. “The Barber’s Son” last appeared on 2015’s All Damn Day/Greatest Hits, and now it’s received an intimate live rendition.

With just an acoustic guitar for accompaniment, Vazquez sings quietly while strolling through Reading Viaduct Park. “The Barber’s Son” is a warm plaintive song, and it feels like a natural reaction to the below-freezing temperature of his latest LP. Continue reading →

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Winter comes early with Bryant Eugene Vazquez’s Grey Expectations

Bryant Eugene Vazquez | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist
Bryant Eugene Vazquez | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Grey Expectations is the latest full-length from prolific singer-songwriter Bryant Eugene Vazquez. He’s covered a lot of stylistic ground since he began releasing music in 2008, and this time around, he’s going full shoegaze for a chilly, eight song set. With song titles like “Shivers, Shivers” and “Still Cold” you’re going to want to put on a few extra layers for this one.

According to Vazquez, this album was an experiment in writing pop songs “disguised to replicate the sounds of mid-80s/early-90s noise/pop/rock/shoegaze”, with all of the them “themed around the bitterness of winter”. If you’re a fan of that era of music, you’ll definitely find a lot to like here, as he follows through on that mission statement to a T. The production is crowded and fuzzy, the guitars and tinny and abrasive, and Vazquez’s vocals are more breathy and buried than ever before. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bronx / Mariachi El Bronx at The Fillmore, Kula Shaker at World Cafe Live, and Bryant Eugene Vazquez at Bourbon and Branch

Mariachi El Bronx
Mariachi El Bronx | Photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight at the Fillmore in Fishtown, Los Angeles hardcore band The Bronx performs both as themselves and as their alter ego Mariachi El Bronx. In the latter, the band performs (you guessed it) mariachi music, an idea was born out of the band’s desire to challenge themselves musically. The Bronx will be supported by Dead Heavens, a four-piece group with roots in hard rock and New York City. Check out what Mariachi El Bronx is all about below. Continue reading →

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Bryant Eugene Vazquez previews new LP with “S.A.D.” video

Bryant Eugene Vazquez | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist
Bryant Eugene Vazquez | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Gearing up for the release of his next effort Grey Expectations, Bryant Eugene Vazquez has shared a video for lead single “S.A.D.” The clip was filmed by ubiquitous videographer Bob Sweeney and follows a wide-eyed Vazquez down the street and into a disheveled practice space with his bandmates.

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Take a look inside the world of Bryant Eugene Vazquez

Bryant Eugene Vazquez
Bryant Eugene Vazquez | Photo by Bob Sweeney for WXPN | bobsweeney.tumblr.com

He’s only been here for a few years, but Bryant Eugene Vazquez is already no stranger to Philly and us here at The Key. We’ve had him in for a Key Studio Session and premiered his All Damn Day! / The Greatest Hits last year. Now, thanks to a music and arts site based in Arizona, where Vazquez comes from, we have an even deeper look into who he is. Continue reading →

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Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Sessions return this week

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Oldermost | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Fans of awesome, live local music rejoice — the Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series is returning this week with a stacked lineup of artists from throughout the area. Every Thursday evening from June to August, Spruce Street Harbor Park will be showcasing a myriad of talent right on the Waterfront, kicking off on June 9th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. with rock ‘n’ rollers Oldermost and singer-songwriter Joey Sweeney. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tygaton at Ortlieb’s, Anderson East at World Cafe Live, David Bowie Tribute at The Fire

Tygaton
Tygaton | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia space-rock band Tygaton will be at Ortlieb’s tonight. The band blends classic rock dramatics and new-age instrumentation with hints of krautrock and psychedelia. Also at the show will be Dreambook and Woven In. The show is 21+ and costs $10. More information here. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Bryant Eugene Vazquez

You’ll doubtless hear nods to the masters in the songwriting of Bryant Eugene Vazquez: Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan. But this local rock and roll dude – who moved to Philadelphia in 2013 after growing up in Flagstaff, Arizona – has a strong and singular voice at the center of it all. It’s husky yet melodic, poppy yet vicious, the sound of celebration and desperation.  Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head